Prime Minister Hun Manet has called for closer collaboration between Cambodian and German government institutions in education, human resource training and healthcare.

He made his request during a February 28 meeting with Martina Stamm-Fibich, chairwoman of the Petitions Committee of the German Bundestag at the Peace Palace, according to a press release form the prime minister’s office.

Stamm-Fibich explained that visit aimed to strengthen ties and cooperation between the two countries, especially in terms of vocational training and healthcare. She described the two sectors as important in catering to the needs of the people of both countries, and believed increased collaboration will be beneficial to both sides.

“Germany is currently facing a shortage of skilled workers and human resources in the health sector,” she added. 

Manet said that the visit underscored the robust and collaborative relationship between the two countries, nurtured through both executive and legislative channels.

He also stated his hope that the cooperation would continue to flourish and expand in the future.

“We are paying close attention to strengthening the health sector and human resource and vocational training, because they are the main drivers of our socio-economic development,” he added.

He noted that Cambodia and Germany share a longstanding diplomatic relationship, celebrating its 57th anniversary this year. 

Manet also thanked the German government and people for their enduring support of Cambodia’s development in the post-war era, particularly in education, human resource development and the strengthening of democratic principles.

Kong Samneang, head of the Federation of Education Services in Cambodia, hailed the cooperation as a catalyst for propelling the education, healthcare and human resource sectors forward, ultimately benefiting both current and future generations.

“This cooperation aligns perfectly with the government’s new strategy. It prioritises economic growth through enhanced human capital development in education and improved efficiency within the healthcare sector, ultimately serving the public good,” he said.

He added that the cooperation presents a valuable opportunity for Cambodia’s further development, particularly given German expertise in these areas.

“During cooperation initiatives, German experts visit Cambodia, while Cambodian civil servants and personnel from the education and health sectors have opportunities to participate in study tours to Germany. Additionally, scholarships are available for higher education in Germany, so students can acquire new knowledge and skills which they can use to advance national economic interests,” he said. 

National Assembly (NA) first vice-president Cheam Yeap met with Stamm-Fibich on February 29 to explore opportunities for strengthening cooperation and fostering closer ties through the exchange of experiences.